I decided to look at the Arts section on 1/5/16 of my local paper, The New York Times. What I wanted to learn was how often men and women are represented both as authors and within the article content itself.
Here's an overview of my process:
I looked at some of the more sophisticated online data tools but they weren't really supporting the question I had. So I kept the analysis pretty manual. Hope to use them more in the future though.
Here's my first pass. Note: I'm not a graphic designer, but may work on giving it some more design love in another iteration.